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Trade war, day 152: Tariff Man tweets, markets plunge
The morning tweets of Donald Trump today gave reasons for both optimism and pessimism about the future of U.S.-China trade negotiations, following the vague tariff cease-fire agreed to at the G20(Access paywall).On the one hand, Trump indicated that the negotiating window of “90 days” could be extended if a “real deal” is not achieved by the end of February (tweet 1):The negotiations with China have already started. Unless extended, they will end 90 days from the date of our wonderful and very warm dinner with President Xi in Argentina.

On the other hand, Trump has again declared his love for tariffs, in the process solidifying the impression that he does not understand how they work at all (tweets 2and 3; the NYT has a helpful explainer on how tariffs actually work):President Xi and I want this deal to happen, and it probably will. But if not remember, I am a Tariff Man. When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the pr…


Ali FisherAs the sources and instruments of power have adapted to a new information age, the extent to which different groups have access to influence has also shifted.Public diplomacy in the 21st century has to navigate the complex architecture of multi-hub, multi-directional networks that exist between communities around the world. As a result, calibrating public diplomacy and strategic communications to face specific challenges requires fine-tuning the specific approach to engagement with foreign publics as well as an understanding of the tactics employed by any adversaries who wish to influence those same publics.This complexity is not a new phenomenon, but the information age has added an additional layer of methods to communicate or share information, and additional opportunities to analyze available data. This is true whether discussing how the Media Mujahidin seek to spread their theology, Russian attempts to influence …


CONFERENCE ON INDIA'S SOFT POWERSponsored by the India Foundation in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural RelationsCPD is pleased to be a primary academic partner of India’s first major conference on soft power, December 17-19, 2018 in New Delhi.Given the growing role of soft power in India's foreign policy, the Center for Soft Power of the India Foundation will host its inaugural conference in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, practitioners, experts, policymakers and diplomats to deliberate and discuss Indian soft power. Featured topics will include nation branding, digital storytelling, theoretical perspectives and Indian soft power across multiple areas, such as cinema, cuisine, design, museums, performing arts, spirituality and yoga. Detailed conference program forthcoming.For more information about how you can attend, please click here.Read the Conference on Soft Powe…

Picture of the day: Jumma Marri with Balochistan CM in Moscow

Recently released missing person dies

-  December 4, 2018 From News disk of *(The Balochistan Post)* brought to you by *(Current Balochistan)*Dilawar had been through severe torture during detention and succumbed to his wounds soon after his release – FamilyAccording to the details received by the Balochistan Post, the happiness of Dilawar’s family could not last long when the missing son died soon after his release.Dilawar S/O Shahmir was abducted 6 days ago by security forces from volleyball court in Tump town of Kech district, said the family.“We were informed that he has been released, but when we found him he was in critical condition, he had been through severe torture”, added familyDilawar succumbed to his wounds when he was being shifted to Turbat city for treatment.A surge has been witnessed in the abductions of students in Balochistan after an attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi by a Baloch insurgent group.Amnesty international and campaign groups in Pakistan have criticized Pakistan’s secret agencies of abdu…